Tucked underneath a cinema screen and down a narrow stairway, the Lido Jazz Room boasts live music every Friday and Saturday, 8pm – 10pm, from the best jazz players in town. Inspired by iconic Manhattan jazz bars of the 80s, the Lido Jazz Room seats 40 guests alongside the in-house piano and drum kit. Sonny Rehe, owner of Fitzroy’s Uptown Jazz Café, curates the gig guide with both local and visiting acts being featured. 


*Members and Student Concession only.

The Michelle Nicolle String Band
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Michelle Nicolle String Band, featuring:
Michelle Nicole - voice
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Stephen Magnusson - guitar
Frank Di Sario - double bass

“Michelle Nicolle stands above any other Jazz singer in the
country...” – Weekend Australian

Award winning jazz vocalist, Michelle is undoubtedly one of the most talented, creative and original jazz voices this country has ever produced. Having released 8 CDs and touring extensively throughout Australia and Internationally, Michelle is not only known as an improvising musician. She is loved for her ability to get to the heart of a song, stripping away the inessential and finding new meaning in lyrics written in a bygone era.

Joining her at The Lido Jazz Room are her very best mates and incredible musicians, Geoff Hughes and Stephen Magnusson on guitars and Frank DiSario on double bass. This is a rare opportunity to hear these 4 people in the same room and together they’ll be taking familiar songs to places before unknown!

“I have loved Michelle Nicolle’s singing perpetually and without ceasing since first I heard her. Michelle is a singer born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music.” – Kurt Elling (2012)

Duration: 120 minutes
Fem Belling String Band at The Lido Jazz Room
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Fem Belling returns to the Lido Jazz Room with her kin quartet. Hailing from South Africa, she is inspired by the music of freedom. With her father Howard Belling on piano and brother Zvi Belling on double Bass they bring an extraordinary connection to the stage.
The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook. ‘Then one comes along with stagecraft and an instrumentalist’s refrain.’

Fem Belling is an award winning West End leading lady, a rising star on the international jazz scene. She is master force on old repertory, bringing ideas from all angles to the familiar art of standard’s-singing. With a sophisticated palate embracing unexpected genres, Fem has an energetic appetite for braiding musical styles. An artists that demands to be heard.

“Bloody Brilliant – @#*% incredible” – Robbie Williams

"Belling is a pocket rocket with a versatile vocal palette and a gift for improvisation. If it's music you want to hear, you won't be disappointed by these lush and limber jazz styling’s" – The Herald Sun

Duration: 120 minutes
Jackie Bornstein Quartet
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Having performed venues in Australia and the UK over the past 15 years, Jackie has developed a particular talent for storytelling through song. Known for her richly toned vocals and ability to get to the heart of a tune, Jackie imparts a range of emotions through her use of varied vocal timbres.

Trained classically as a child, Jackie went on to study jazz voice at the Victorian College of the Arts. She was awarded a UK Masters scholarship and focused her thesis on the role of the arts/music in conflict resolution.

Jackie will perform a selection of her favourite bossas, ballads and cool jazz tunes. Featuring the captivating guitarist James Sherlock, the multi-award winning Sam Anning on bass and drummer extroadinaire Danny Fischer.

Jackie Bornstein - voice
James Sherlock - guitar
Mark Fitzgibbon - piano
Carl Mackey - sax

Duration: 120 minutes
The James Sherlock Quartet
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We welcome The James Sherlock Quartet back to the Jazz Room.

Sherlock's sound has warmth and bite. He uses it to produce tense, twisting solos, sometimes churning, sometimes chiming accompaniment.

James Sherlock works with a variety of Australia's finest musicians, including an ongoing duo project with Kristin Berardi, as well as many visiting artists including New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones, New York jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan, Chris McNulty and Cyrille Aimee and master drummers Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Jon Riley.

Sherlock has also performed/recorded with such diverse artists as British guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, Katie Noonan, Megan Washington, Joe Camilleri & New York film composer Howard Shore.

Duration: 120 minutes
Emma Gilmartin Quartet
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One of the most beautiful vocalists on the jazz scene, Emma Gilmartin returns to the Lido Jazz Room this Saturday with her blend of swinging standards, featuring some of the best players in town.
Singing the classic tunes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, her performances are a delight.

Not to be missed.

"Emma Gilmartin has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented jazz vocalists. Her voice is undeniably beautiful with a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch” - Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide

"Now and then, one hears a voice which instantly suggests uncommon beauty and musicality. Add to this a sensitivity to lyrics, impeccable sense of pitch, a rare control of vibrato, and you have wonderful artistry. This is what I hear in the singing of Emma Gilmartin. It all comes from her approach to both her art and her fellow human beings." - Tony Gould – pianist/composer

Duration: 120 minutes
Bob Sedergreen and Friends
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Bob Sedergreen and Friends “THE FIRST ONE”

After an extremely successful night in January, "The First One" return. Some two decades ago a trio of Rosa – Horbelt – Sedergreen became the last bastion of live music in Carlton’s famous Lygon Street Strip. They played outside the restaurant Il Primo literally translated as The First One. And recorded a CD of the same title mixing contemporary jazz classics with show tunes. The have somehow stuck together both musically and as friends despite their busy schedules. For this gig the Trio will be joined by Oscar Rosa guitarist/vocalist who has worked with them as The Hottentots.. We invite you to once again to share the joy and empathy at this rare performance of this most cohesive ensemble.

Tickets: $25/$20 Bookings: Bookings essential –
this is a small room. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Duration: 120 minutes
John Scurry's Reverse Swing
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Reverse Swing is a Melbourne based jazz quintet put together by guitarist John Scurry in 2010 to play swing inspired small group acoustic jazz with a contemporary bent. The band takes its repertoire and inspiration from a flexible musical palette. It is influenced by early jazz, standards, and popular song as well as having a strong commitment to performing original material with a swing feel.

The group was formed initially as a drumless ensemble comprising trumpet, reeds, piano, guitar and double bass, to explore a lighter acoustic dynamic. Reverse Swing recently recorded a CD of the music of John Scurry which is expected to be released in mid 2017.

The band comprises the collective talents of Eugene Ball (trumpet), Michael McQuaid (reeds), Matt Boden (piano), Howard Cairns (double bass), and John Scurry (guitar). For this recording, Danny Fischer was included on drums, along with James McCauley on trombone, Phil Noy on saxophone, and Shelley Scown with vocals.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Harriett Allcroft Quartet
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After standout shows at Melbourne's Uptown jazz cafe, The Paris Cat and Bennett's Lane, Harriett Allcroft comes to the Lido with smooth vocals and a side of offbeat humour. Allcroft will reel you in with her interpretations of tunes both new and old. Fresh back from a month tour in America, join Harriett and her trio for the debut of her new original work, paired back with classic, tried and true standards. Not to be missed!

Featuring Darrin Archer, Isaac Gunnoo and Kieren Rafferty.

Duration: 120 minutes.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Friday 2 June – Saturday 10 June

This year Lido Jazz Room will play host to a showcase of musical talent as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. 
Book your tickets early to avoid missing out on some remarkable performances!


Times and dates available now!